Waking up in the morning is no child’s play. Well, at least to a lot of us. Getting out of bed should actually be an Olympic Sport, it’s that hard! However, you need to be a Babita Kumari to win this sleep wrestle because if you’re messing up your morning, you’re certainly messing up your life.
Waking up early morning is not only essential for you to feel and work better but it also prevents chronic health problems like, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Sleeping disorders can impair your thinking and learning process, kill your sex drive, speed up the process of aging, and cause depression.
Everyone is looking to have mornings frazzle-free, and here we are discussing how you should be kicking off your mornings.
Prep for your day at night.
Hack number one is to plan ahead and be prepared to start the next day. Start up with some meal prepping. Prepping your breakfast a night before will help you save time and will grace you from the confusion of what to eat. This will also help you in choosing better breakfast options making you avoid the junk food.
Another way to plan for the next day is to set out your outfit. Picking up clothes in the morning can actually be confusing and irritating especially if your mind is running on sleeping again.
Finally, create a to-do list of upcoming tasks so you feel prepped and pumped for the morning to come.
Make your alarm your enemy.
Yes, you read it right. Let it be your worst enemy. Perhaps don’t bang it and certainly don’t snooze it. Constant snoozing leaves you with a dishevelled morning and most of us go back to sleep (You know what I am talking about.) Instead, set your alarm fifteen minutes before you want to wake up and place it way across your reach. You might hate this at first, but this will help you get off your bed and Voila! You won’t go back to sleep again.
Hit the beat baby.
Have you ever woken up feeling tragically lethargic? It’s time to turn up some beats then. Music drastically changes your mood and rejuvenates you with freshness. So turn up that upbeat music to feel a gushing rush of energy.
Moreover, music can also be used as a time-keeping device. For instance, you can crank up the tunes and use it as a guide, as in “I have to be dressed by the time the fourth song plays,” and so on.
Pet your pets.
Good news for all you animal lovers. If your mornings are often stressful for whatever reason, stroking your pet for 10 minutes each morning is a sure blessing. Just a few minutes of animal love signals, our brain to boost up production of the hormones, serotonin and oxytocin – two calming chemicals that make us feel more relaxed and at peace. This in turn drastically decreases our stress levels.
Caressing your pet gives you a happy morning literally.
Refrain from all screens.
It is essential to spend your first fifteen minutes of waking up wisely to set a tone for the day. Avoid stress by staying technology free so you won’t be mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or watching meaningless episodes on TV. Instead, refrain from screens and spend some time in solitude. Eat your breakfast while watching outdoors or read some inspirational books or motivational quotes to give you a sense of upliftment.
Go get moving.
As soon as you wake up, have a glass full of fresh water to gear up your metabolisms and then get moving. Even five minutes of stretches/workouts get your heart pumping, amp up your body, and improve your mood by releasing endorphins that give you a happy feeling.
Start morning affirmations.
Just like millions of people, do you wake up every morning with anxiety and stress before facing the day? A few positive affirmations will heal your morning anxiety even before you know it.
An affirmation is a simple but powerful statement that helps to strengthen the connection between your unconscious and your conscious mind. Say a few positive words like ‘I am excited about today’ every morning because, as they say, you become what you believe.
Well, get up; get moving, for life is waiting ahead. And if procrastination worries you, know how you can curb it.